Free, in-depth training for Democrats who want to run, work, or volunteer on campaigns.
Kelly Dietrich was 18 years into a career training future governors, Members of Congress, and senators how to win their elections. As he traveled the country, he would often run into local candidates who needed help. He’d hear the same questions over and over again, “How do I raise the money I need to win?”, “How do I know how many votes I need to win?”, and “How do I connect with voters?”
Kelly knew the answers, but his kind of insider knowledge wasn’t available to people who were running local campaigns on shoestring budgets: Democrats who were running for school board, city council, or state legislature. This lack of knowledge and training was holding back Democrats who wanted to step up and fight for their communities; it was holding back America.
In 2016, NDTC started making videos, sharing Kelly’s successful strategies and tips online with the goal of providing candidates with the free training they needed. Four years later, those homemade training videos have turned into more than 50 courses, hundreds of articles, and an in-person training program that connects candidates, staffers, and local leaders to winning skills and strategies.
Teaching Democrats How to Win
Free, flexible training for every Democrat
Our training sessions are open to any Democrat looking to make a change in their community. No litmus test. No cost. We offer online and in-person options that fit your needs.
Get trained–any time, anywhere
Our interactive trainings can be accessed online 24/7. Each course includes real examples, samples, and do-it-yourself templates that you can immediately put to use. Ready to start? Take whichever courses seem most relevant to your goals, and take them as many times as you need.
In-person training–we’ll come to you
Work with our trainers in-person in your state. Our experts travel the country to provide broad spectrum training to Candidates, Campaign Staff, and Local Leaders. These sessions are collaborative, action-oriented, and local to you.
Emerging or established. Calm or contentious. Any race, anywhere: We want to help. Our team believes passionately that, by empowering Democrats to get involved in local politics, we can help shape the future of progressive politics. This team of focused, knowledgeable individuals work together to achieve our three goals: to improve the performance of every Democrat up and down the ticket, elect more Democrats to offices, and create a deep bench of qualified public servants ready to run for higher office.
NDTC is proudly collaborative, not competitive. We partner with recruitment organizations, labor unions, trade groups, state parties, and other progressive organizations, and look to grow our list of partnerships and collaborations daily. Here are some of the members of the NDTC network.